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Under the guidance of Professor Gold's manual, my partner Tom and I calculated a value for the Rydberg constant R. First we measured the wavelengths of various spectral lines from a hydrogen gas tube and also a deuterium gas tube. I used this website to figure out what value of n to use for each of the wavelengths in the Rydberg formula. Using excel I averaged our recorded wavelengths from four different colored spectral lines, and then plugged them each into the Rydberg formula, I then averaged these values together and calculated the standard error of the mean. Primary notebook entry
From Hydrogen spectra,
From Deuterium spectra,
The accepted value from NIST is
SJK 17:35, 18 December 2009 (EST)
I was extremely pleased with these results, but like I said in my primary lab notebook, I was a little bit skeptical because they seemed almost too good to be true. Hopefully this is not the case!